Natural England (NE) has launched a remote advisory service for anyone in England applying to the Countryside Stewardship Mid-Tier scheme.
The scheme application window closes on 31 July and NE is providing the service to help farmers, land managers and consultants apply during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Applicants can arrange a clinic session of up to 90 minutes with a dedicated regional contact (see “Mid-Tier Scheme Regional Advice Contact List”).
A spokeswoman said the session would ideally be held online, using a video conferencing tool like Zoom, but farms without online access can also take part in a session over the phone.
She explained that phone calls could be more difficult because it would be harder to share field data and records without some visual access.
It is important to be prepared for a session with an application pack to hand and ideas on what options are suitable for the holding, she added.
Book a session
Select the relevant regional contact from the list and use the email or phone number to book a clinic session
Mid-Tier scheme regional advice contact list
|North East||Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Tees Valley||Adas||08453 713 399||bookings@ADAS.co.uk|
|North West||Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire||Jennifer Davies (Chris Seabridge and Associates Ltd)||07593 449 email@example.com|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||North, South, East and West Yorkshire, North and Northeast Lincolnshire||Adas||08453 713 399||bookings@ADAS.co.uk|
|East Midlands||Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire.||Adas||08453 713 399||bookings@ADAS.co.uk|
|West Midlands||Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire||Jennifer Davies (Chris Seabridge and Associates Ltd)||07593 449 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|East Anglia and
|Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Surrey, London, East and West Sussex||Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group East of England||07907 872 email@example.com|
|South West||Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Avon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire Berkshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight||Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, South West||01823 663 firstname.lastname@example.org|